Monday, December 27, 2010

New BFF of the skies.

Over the last few years, Southwest has been slowly cutting out reasonable options for flying from SF to South Florida during the holidays.  This year their best option was 2 stops minimum, with plane changes, routed north, for the low-low price of somewhere between $600 & $700. I priced the ticket in August so I can't remember exactly how much it was, but the point here is that it was far too expensive for what would certainly be exhausting, risk-filled days filled with the stress of missed connections due to bad weather on a Northern route in winter.  No thanks.

So I found a new way to fly to SOFLA.

My Virgin America ticket price was $838. The flight was nonstop to SOFLA from SFO and the flying experience was fabulous.

I would've taken more or better pictures except that I was too busy watching The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills on the trip out and Tabatha's Salon Takeover on the way back.

Pink and lavender lights in the cabin


A touchscreen at your seat


Bravo TV!


Order a meal, cocktails and beverages at your seat, swipe your card, wait for delivery


And let's talk about the things I didn't get pictures of like the breezy baggage check situation at both airports - no long lines (actually there was no line at all), no pushing or shouting; free wifi in the skies during the month of December and of course the bathrooms:
  • Faux (I'm assuming) marble/granite counters
  • Music is piped in
  • You don't have to pump the drain thing
  • The water coming out of the faucet is a gentle, calming sprinkle as opposed to a needle spray that could put your eye out
  • Paper towels are neatly stacked. No two-handed digging and pulling to get them out of the metal holder thing while trying to maintain your balance so you don't fall into the toilet.
Also, you can press the 'Map' button at any time on your touchscreen to see where the plane is on the route, current altitude, groundspeed & temperature.

Ahhh. I almost love flying again.